Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies with a Year Abroad BSc
This four-year programme provides students with an understanding of architecture in relation to other disciplines. It follows the same flexible structure as the Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc (AIS BSc) but offers the additional opportunity of spending the third year at an approved university abroad.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required upon invitation, at application stage.
- Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-requirements
- BBB (more about contextual offers)
- No specific subjects. Comprehensive portfolio of creative work required at interview stage.
- A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required upon invitation, at application stage.
- 32 (more about contextual offers)
- A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive portfolio of creative work is required at interview stage.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.
A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). No specific subjects are required but a comprehensive art portfolio is required at interview stage.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. No specific subjects are required but a portfolio of creative work is required at interview stage.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
Consistently at the forefront of architectural debate, The Bartlett at UCL is renowned for its innovative and experimental research in architecture, including design, history and theory, and innovative technology.
This programme offers an interdisciplinary education with a specialisation in architecture, an emphasis on design and creative practice, and operates without the constraints of the professional (RIBA) requirements.
You will develop the necessary intellectual and practical skills to engage with architecture and the city in an increasingly globalised age.
All students participate in The Bartlett's annual Summer Show, a major exhibition at the end of the academic year which attracts over 5,000 visitors.
You will also benefit from a year abroad supported by UCL's Study Abroad Team.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
This BSc will allow you to customise your own programme with a wide choice of optional modules taken in other disciplines at UCL. In addition to modules at The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment, you may select from topics in disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural studies, economics, languages, and management.
This programme is unique in that it offers its own research, design and creative practice modules throughout. This will allow you to develop a wide range of practical and research skills. Other distinct features include its emphasis upon activity-based learning, supported by study visits and field trips.
There is an emphasis in this programme on the constant production of small assignments for seminars/tutorials, which will build up to a larger portfolio. There is also an emphasis on group critiques where you will learn to explain your work, listen to feedback and evaluate it as well.
As you progress you will have opportunities to direct your own projects and work collaboratively, for instance, in preparing the programme’s contribution to The Bartlett's annual show.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of modules from within The Bartlett Schools of Architecture, Planning and Project Management & Construction. From the School of Architecture, these might normally include:
Architectural Research I
Media Studies: Looking, Making and Communicating
Making Cities: Production of the Built Environment
Design and Creative Practice I
The Historical and Cultural Production of Cities and their Architecture
In addition, you will select 1.5 credits of modules from a wide range within both The Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. in anthropology, archaeology, history of art, economics, philosophy, psychology, and from the School of European Languages, Culture & Society).
Core or compulsory module(s)
You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of modules from within The Bartlett Schools of Architecture, Planning and Construction & Project Management. The School of Architecture modules might normally include:
Architectural Research II
Computing for Design and Creative Practice
History & Theory of Architecture
Design and Creative Practice 2
Architectural Practice and Enterprise
The remaining 1.5 credits of modules are selected from a wide range within both The Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. in anthropology, archaeology, history of art, economics, philosophy, psychology, and from the School of European Languages, Culture & Society).
You will spend your third year abroad.
Core or compulsory module(s)
You will be expected to take 2.5 credits of modules from within The Bartlett Schools of Architecture, Planning and Project Management & Construction.
In the final year, these must include:
Design and Creative Practice 3 and/or Architectural Research III.
Other modules normally taken include:
History and Theory of Architecture
The remaining 1.5 credits of modules are selected from a wide range within both The Bartlett and more widely across UCL (e.g. in anthropology, archaeology, history of art, economics, philosophy, psychology, and from the School of European Languages, Culture and Society).
Further details on Project X and the programme are available on the degree programme website.
The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, workshops, demonstrations from experts, critiques (where individual students present to a group of experts in the field), group work, presentations, study and site visits, and field trips.
Assessment is varied. In addition to academic essays and examinations, design and creative practice modules are assessed by portfolios, which may include text, images/photographs, drawings, and which can take a range of forms. Research modules are also assessed by portfolios.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies with a Year Abroad BSc.
You will develop the ability to think critically about the built environment and to argue speculatively. You will learn key tools and techniques of architectural research, design and fabrication. Our aim is to produce independent-minded and culturally sensitive graduates who are well equipped to problem-solve in complex environments of all kinds.
Students pursue careers in the fields of art, design, film, media, and curatorship or related fields such as planning or project management.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2019/20)
- Overseas students
- £25,770 (2019/20)
Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.
- Deadline is usually in early May
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.